Above and Beyond: An Extra Two Seconds
- By Robert M. White as told to Al Hallonquist
- Air & Space magazine, May 2010
Air Force Flight Test Center History Office
(Page 4 of 4)
Later, the engineers and others reviewed the film from a wide-angle camera mounted above and behind the cockpit, facing rearward. The footage showed something flying by. To this day no one is sure what it was, but the consensus is it was likely ice that had broken loose.
At the time, four Americans had earned astronaut wings: Project Mercury’s Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Scott Carpenter. With that X-15 flight, I became the fifth.
Bob White, who passed away on March 17, 2010, was a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force. Al Hallonquist has studied aerospace history since high school, when he learned to fly.